Engineering

Pioneering future technology across the world

Whether your speciality is mechanical, integrity, instrument, chemical or process engineering, or a discipline unique to the energy industry, our projects offer opportunities to develop your skills and work with the most advanced technologies in the industry. 

We take on engineers across BP and Castrol whose skills and approach make them leaders and prepare them for some of the largest, most complex and most challenging projects in the world.

As an engineer assigned to a specific project, you’re likely to be heavily involved in design commissioning and operability issues, while maintaining safety as your number one priority.

Different engineers. Working together. In a safety-first culture

Chemical engineering

Chemical engineers at BP are vital to meeting the growing demand for energy. They work on some of the largest, most complex and most challenging energy projects in the world, as part of a high-calibre team that puts the emphasis firmly on mutual trust and co-operation. They have exposure to some of the most advanced technology in their field – and they have every opportunity to develop their skills.

Join us and you’ll have the chance to work in a number of different areas including manufacturing/operations support, process control, technology development and specialist engineering. In manufacturing/operations support, you’ll play an active role in modifying process plants, generating and implementing ideas to improve performance, contributing to health, safety and environment reviews and ensuring that all we do complies with regulatory requirements.

Civil, structural and geotechnical engineering

Many disciplines – shared goals

Pipeline and civil engineers are responsible for the design and ongoing integrity management of some of the most critical infrastructure in our operations and projects portfolio. We’ll ask you to ensure full and effective control of the technical integrity and project delivery risks based on a solid understanding of the engineering fundamentals for our pipeline and civil infrastructure. You’ll also need an ability to apply the latest engineering tools and practices for your discipline.

Onshore civil engineers

You’ll provide specialist discipline engineering support for onshore civil infrastructure that is critical to our operations. Your responsibilities may include geohazard assessment, foundation design, onshore building design, onshore road and well pad design.

Offshore structural engineers

As a structural engineer at BP, you’ll oversee system life cycle integrity of our offshore structures, from initial concept development through to operations and finally decommissioning. This requires a complete understanding of industry codes, best practices and advanced structural analysis techniques.

Pipeline engineers

You’ll work on the design and project execution of major onshore and offshore pipeline system projects, as well as managing the integrity of our pipelines during operation. Your goal will be to integrate a range of other discipline engineering inputs to ensure full understanding and effective control of the technical integrity and project delivery risks.

Geotechnical engineers

Our geotechnical engineers are involved from the earliest stages of exploration drilling – preparing initial exploration well design through to the site selection for production facilities, both onshore and offshore. They consider ground conditions and address geohazards and then design foundation concepts to ensure long-term integrity of our facilities.

Corrosion, inspection and chemistry engineers

Enjoy flexible career development in a collaborative and technologically pioneering environment

Multi-disciplinary teams of highly skilled engineers are at the heart of most BP operations. Committed to safety, innovation and excellence, our specialist engineers bring their own particular expertise to the mix, yet learn from others in our collaborative, one team environment.

Working in some of the world’s most remote locations and in our own technology centres, our corrosion, inspection and chemistry engineers pioneer the latest technologies across new developments and existing operations. So you could be working at a production site in Alaska or improving the processes for a liquid natural gas (LNG) project halfway around the world.

At BP, we believe that by investing in people and technology we can achieve remarkable things. Join us in engineering and you’ll be part of a team that shares expertise and encourages you to develop new ideas.

Corrosion

Corrosion engineers and specialists identify the corrosion-related threats associated with the production or injection of fluids, predict their potential severity and impact, and recommend mitigative barriers for managing these threats across the life cycle of the asset. Once the barriers have been deployed, the corrosion engineer undertakes activities to verify their performance and recommends changes to optimize performance as required.

Inspection

Inspection engineers and specialists own the development and implementation of detailed inspection plans and associated procedures. They hold deep discipline expertise on NDE, inspection methods, coverage requirements, inspection frequency, inspection effectiveness, data analysis and inspection management processes (e.g. RBI). Inspection is one method of performance verification and provides information on the integrity of the asset.

Production chemistry

A production chemist identifies the threats associated with the production or injection of fluids, predicts their potential severity and impact, and recommends mitigative barriers for managing these threats to assure and enhance production from reservoir to point of sale. Once the barriers have been deployed, the production chemist undertakes activities to verify their performance and recommends changes to optimize performance as required.

Engineering leadership

A range of opportunities is usually available across the spectrum of engineering disciplines for engineering team leaders and engineering managers

Subsea roles include operations and support, facilities, installation, control/automation, umbilicals, riser, pipeline and hardware engineers. Responsibilities vary from general operations, equipment and system support, to installation and construction. Other roles involve highly specialised tasks requiring detailed knowledge of dedicated subsea hardware such as umbilicals, pipelines, wellheads, Christmas trees and manifolds.

Mechanical engineers carry out core roles, including maintenance and support of vessels, valves, piping and storage tanks, plus stress analysis and loading.

Instrument/control engineer roles involve control systems, instrument protection systems, measurement and field instrumentation and industrial communication systems.

Civil/pipeline engineers work with minor and major onshore, offshore and arctic structures, with responsibilities including general system design, construction, project facilitation and operations.

Process/process safety engineers manage the integrity of hazardous operating systems and processes by applying good design principles, engineering and operating practices.

Corrosion, inspection and chemical engineers manage and advance the technical integrity of assets in line with regulations, and give specialist corrosion management and materials selection advice.

Instrumentation, control and electrical (ICE) engineering

In instrumentation, control and electrical engineering, we look for people with widely differing skills and experience – yet they all work together in a collaborative, one team environment

Instruments and protective systems engineers

Instruments and protective systems (I&PS) engineers look after the instruments used to measure process variables; for example, pressure, temperature and flow. They are responsible for the instrumented safety functions, such as safety instrumented systems, that help protect our people and plants.

Measurement engineers

Measurement engineers look after the custody transfer (fiscal) and allocation systems used to measure the production flows for the allocation of oil and gas to partners and governments for the payment of taxes, as well as the optimization of the reservoirs. 

Control and automation engineering

Control and automation (C&A) engineers help optimize production by making improvements to process control. They also maintain the integrated control and safety systems (ICSS) that house these controls, as well as subsea control systems used in shallow and deep water offshore installations or refineries and petrochemical plants.

Electrical (power) engineering

Electrical engineers ensure the safe, reliable and efficient generation, distribution and utilization of electrical power in our facilities around the world. This can include local generation or power from shore to oil platforms and the powering of subsea equipment.

Operations critical telecommunications engineers

Operations critical telecommunications (OCT) engineers ensure the most critical communications systems and networks needed to run our plant safely and reliably are properly designed and maintained. These systems include public address and general alarm systems, emergency voice broadcasting, radar early warning systems, radios, satellite networks, microwave networks and weather systems.

Integrity, maintenance and reliability engineering

Our perspective in integrity, maintenance and reliability engineering is to manage the risks that could impact our business

Join us as an integrity, maintenance or reliability engineer and you could be involved in shaping and improving work methods, developing maintenance procedures with technical documentation, or initiating maintenance spares programmes for critical equipment.

The primary responsibility of reliability engineers is to identify and manage asset reliability risks that could have an impact on people, plant or business operations. Our objectives include loss elimination, risk management and lifecycle management associated with total cost of ownership principles. All this without compromising our values and ethics, and ensuring safety is our number one priority.

The common roles in this part of our business are engineers and team leaders.

Mechanical and materials engineers

We’ll support your development so you can help us develop the next generation of fuels and lubricants

We often have exciting opportunities that encompass rotating equipment, static mechanical, materials & welding and automotive engineering within our Upstream and Downstream businesses. 

Our fuels and lubricants products – whether BP or Castrol-branded – are market leaders the world over. Experienced and talented engineers are more important than ever to shape our understanding of vehicle systems, design tests and develop the next generation of fuels and lubricants, without compromising the safety and reliability of our people and products.

You’ll help maximize production efficiency on all mechanical systems. These include rotating equipment, pressure vessels, valves, piping, heat exchangers and storage tanks. The roles require detailed knowledge of stress, fracture mechanics, fatigue and component life analysis.

Pipeline and civil engineering

Enjoy a flexible career path, working on a portfolio that spans the world

You could be working at a production site in Alaska or improving the processes for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project halfway around the world.

Our engineers pioneer the latest technologies in new developments and existing operations, without compromising the safety of our projects and employees. And we work in some of the world’s most remote locations and in our own technology centres. We believe in offering long-term career flexibility: as an experienced engineer, you can decide to progress as a technical expert, or move into management. 

We use talented engineers on our projects, we reward innovation with opportunity and value the contribution different people make.

Who do we need?

Pipeline and civil engineers are responsible for the design and ongoing integrity management of some of the most critical infrastructure in our operations and projects portfolio. This calls for a solid understanding of the engineering fundamentals of pipeline and civil infrastructure, plus the ability to apply the latest engineering tools and practices in your discipline.

Onshore civil engineers

You’ll provide specialist discipline engineering support, onshore and offshore, aimed at both civil and structural infrastructure. Your responsibilities will include foundation design, onshore building design, and onshore road and well pad design, as well as offshore fixed and floating structures. We’ll ask you to ensure full understanding and effective control of the technical integrity and project delivery risks.

Offshore structural engineers

As a structural engineer, you’ll oversee system life cycle integrity of our offshore structures including initial concept development, detailed design, construction management, operations integrity management and decommissioning. This requires a complete understanding of industry codes, best practices and advanced structural analysis techniques.

Pipeline engineers

You’ll work on the design and project management of major onshore and offshore pipeline system projects, as well as managing the integrity of our pipelines during operation. Your goal will be to integrate a range of other discipline engineering inputs to ensure full understanding and effective control of the technical integrity and project delivery risks. Pipeline engineers also provide key support to pipeline system operation and management of ongoing pipeline integrity.

Geotechnical engineers

Our geotechnical engineers are involved from the earliest stages of exploration drilling. The roles involve preparing initial exploration well design through the site selection for production facilities, both onshore and offshore, considering ground and sea bed conditions, addressing geohazards and designing foundation concepts to ensure the long-term integrity of our facilities.

Process and process safety engineering

Whether you work in upstream or downstream, we’ll welcome your fresh perspectives

Process engineers

As a BP process engineer, you could work on all upstream assets and major projects both onshore and offshore. The challenges you’ll face are varied. You can expect to be involved in separation, distillation, thermodynamics and heat transfer, oil treatment, gas treatment and liquid recovery, as well as gas to liquids. You’ll also test your skills and meet new challenges in technology application and process simulation. 

Focusing on downstream, your role may cover the design and optimal operation of oil and gas production facilities, both offshore and onshore, oil refineries and petrochemical plants. Or you could be developing new technologies, like producing transport fuels from unconventional resources, such as natural gas and biomass. 

Process safety engineers

Safety is always the number one priority for BP. Our process safety and risk engineers use their knowledge of science and engineering to analyze and evaluate hazards for our operations and projects worldwide. This can involve designing new production plants in the safest possible way, or making risk reduction improvements on existing operating facilities. Ensuring the risk from our activities is managed correctly and in compliance with our company and legislative standards are vital.

Subsea and marine floating systems engineering

Subsea and marine floating systems is a global, multidisciplinary engineering team within BP

It includes production chemistry, multiphase flow, risers, flowlines and turrets, floating systems and subsea facilities. Working in an atmosphere of trust and co-operation, and always making safety the top priority, the team provides technical support to business units, mainly in major projects, and to technology teams including deepwater facilities technology. 

What are the opportunities?

You’ll be involved in operations and support for facilities, installation, control/automation, umbilicals, risers, pipelines and hardware. Your work will vary from general operations to highly specialized tasks requiring detailed knowledge of dedicated subsea hardware. In such a dynamic discipline, our engineers benefit from structured training, constantly learn new techniques and gain exposure to advances in technology.

Subsea risers and flowlines

Located in Sunbury, UK, and Houston, US, this includes floating systems, risers, subsea equipment, umbilicals, TLP tendons, fibre-reinforced composites and structural dynamics/fluid structure interaction.

Subsea systems

Located in Sunbury and Aberdeen in the UK, this includes subsea controls, umbilicals, electrical/hydraulic/chemical distribution and fibre-optic communication.

Floating systems and metocean

Located in Sunbury, UK, this includes fixed and floating systems, forensic engineering, hull structures, mooring systems and hydrodynamics.

Flow assurance

Located in Sunbury, UK, and Houston, US, this includes flow assurance, multiphase flow, pipeline design, dynamic and steady state pipeline simulation, and the use of Olga and Pipesim.

Diversity and inclusion

We work as one team, bringing together people from a range of backgrounds whose different perspectives enrich our business. That’s why we value diversity and inclusion. Everyone at BP is treated fairly, with respect, and is encouraged to voice their opinion.

Each member of the team knows what is expected of them and is given every opportunity to realize their potential in a pleasant, supportive and collaborative environment.

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Richard, Global Wells Organization

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